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Professor Eleanor Nesbitt

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Recognised Teacher
Institute of Education
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Research Interests

The representation of faith traditions in the religious education curriculum; Religious nurture/transmission of religious culture; Gujarati and Punjabi communities in the UK; Hindu and Sikh communities in the UK; Brahma Kumaris, Sathya Sai Baba devotees; Values education in UK schools; Reflexive approaches to ethnographic research


Eleanor Nesbitt's teaching and research concern the interface between religions and education. This includes a focus on the religious socialisation of young Christians, Hindus and Sikhs. She is currently investigating the religious identity formation of young people in 'mixed-faith' families.

  • Nesbitt, Eleanor, 2009. The teacher of religion as ethnographer. In Clarke, Peter B. (ed.), The Oxford handbook of the sociology of religion, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 965-985
  • Nesbitt, Eleanor, 2008. Religious nurture. In Cush, Denise; Robinson, Catherine A.; York, Michael (eds.), Encyclopedia of Hinduism, London, Routledge, pp. 677-679
  • Nesbitt, Eleanor, 2008. South Asian christians in the UK. In Jacobsen, Knut A.; Ray, Selva J. (eds.), South Asian Christian diaspora : invisible diaspora in Europe and North America, Aldershot, Ashgate, pp. 17-38
  • Jackson, Robert, Nesbitt, Eleanor, 1993. Hindu children in Britain. Stoke-on-Trent, Trentham
  • Jackson, Robert, Nesbitt, Eleanor, 1990. Listening to Hindus. London, UK, Unwin Hyman
Title Funder Award start Award end
The Role of Religion in Families during Times of Austerity - BA/Leverhulme Small Grant British Academy 01 May 2014 30 Sep 2016
Investigating the Religious Identity Formation of Younge People in Mixed Faith Familities AHRC 01 Jun 2006 30 Sep 2009
Investigating the Religious Identity Formation of Young People in Mixed Faith Families AHRC 01 Mar 2006 28 Feb 2009
Assessing the approach of Sathya Sai Babas Followers to Young Peoples Spiritual and Moral Development AHRC 03 Dec 2003 31 Jul 2004